Why Did the State Record R.S. 2477 Rights-of-Way?
The State and counties have tried to establish their right to own and maintain R.S. 2477 rights-of-way through negotiations with the federal government. To support these efforts, PLPCO and the Utah Attorney General’s Office interviewed many witnesses who used or maintained the roads prior to 1976, reviewed pre-1976 aerial photographs and historic road maps, and researched historic sources to confirm pre-1976 existence and continuous use of the roads.
In 2005, the State began recording County Class B and some County Class D roads to formally acknowledge its acceptance of these R.S. 2477 rights-of-way.
Recorded Road Packets
The State submitted document packets to the county recorders’ offices for each R.S. 2477 right-of-way. Each packet included:
- Acknowledgment and Notice of Acknowledgment of Acceptance of R.S. 2477 Right-of-Way Grant
- Witness affidavits confirming pre-1976 use and existence of the roads
- GPS generated maps, centerline and legal descriptions of the R.S. 2477 rights-of-way
BLM’s Lack of Response
After recording, the State sent the road packets to the Bureau of Land Management along with a letter requesting confirmation of the State and counties’ ownership of the R.S. 2477 rights-of-way. The BLM did not respond to the requests. As a result, the only option left for the State and counties was to file quiet title actions to confirm title in R.S. 2477 rights-of-way in federal court.
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What Documents Are in the Database?
- Scanned PDFs of the originals of “Acknowledgment and Notice of Acknowledgment of Acceptance of R.S. 2477 Right-of-Way Grant”
- Scanned PDFs of the amended and/or supplemented “Acknowledgment and Notice of Acknowledgment of Acceptance of R.S. 2477 Right-of-Way Grant” (in some counties)
Each Recorded Packet Includes: notice of acknowledgement, witness affidavits, maps, centerline and legal descriptions of an R.S. 2477 right-of-way.